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Feb 19, 2013 1:00am PST
at the inauguration festivities for obama in washington. it grew so loud, president obama visited his home town to address this epidemic, to add his voice, and in the audience behind the president was 14-year-old destiny warren. she came because like so many others, she was tired of losing classmates, neighbors, friends. sadly though, tonight, destiny warren has lost far more. sadder still, she's not alone. in the world she lives in, the world she and so many others are trying hard to change, it seems tragically that enough is never enough. the report from ted rowlands. >> hey, chicago. >> no one listening to president obama had any reason to think they were anything but part of the solution to the problem of gun violence plaguing the city of chicago. least of all, destiny warren, but just a few hours later, she was involved in the worst possible way. when her sister, 18-year-old jenay was shot and killed in this alley in north chicago. >> all this gun violence is going on out here, you never think it will be your child. this is the hardest thing for me in my life. >> it hurt, because that was
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Feb 18, 2013 6:00am PST
and jam crane, a major democratic donor. mr. obama due back in washington tonight. not only will facebook probably not pay a penny in federal and state taxes for all of 2012, the social media giant expects a federal tax refund of -- are you ready? $430 million. wow. here's why. facebook reported about $1 paraleg $1 billion in pretax dollars last year but gets to rely on stock options it awards to executives. it's perfectly legal. >>> an air force bomber jacket worn by jfk is a top seller of kennedy family memorabilia. the leather jacket has the presidential patch on it. it fetched $629,000. other items included a birthday card from john john to his dad and a marked up itinerary for the slain president's 1963 trip to dallas. relatives found the items at the ho home of one of jfk's special assistants. >>> a new report by "usa today" is uncovering serious problems with a multimillion dollar army program. the program calls itself the human terrain system. it's designed to help american troops better understand and interact with people in countries where they're stationed, to win the hearts an
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Feb 19, 2013 6:00am PST
unharmed. >>> his vacation now over, president obama diving right back into the world of washington politics. in the next hour, the president is scheduled to speak about those automatic spending cuts, set to take place next friday unless congress tankes some sor of action. christine romans joins me to break down how we could potentially feel these cuts if something isn't done. good morning. >> good morning, carol. the first question is what is the sequester, this wonky, horrible budget washington word you keep hearing. it's a fancy word for budget cuts, forced budget cuts. you could also think of the sequester as the "or else." last year it was decided we had to get our budget deficit under control, democrats and republicans together, or else, or else we would have these draconian spending cuts start the beginning part of this year. they didn't get their budget act together and this is the or else, the big budget cuts that are automatically going to happen. it's really frustrating, carol, because this was never -- these were never supposed to happen. this was supposed to be somethin
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Feb 17, 2013 11:00am PST
in washington. they want more action on climate change. among the demands, they're looking for president obama to kill the keystone xl pipeline. we've got a reporter right in the thick of it and we'll take you there, just moments away. >>> massachusetts is covered with a thick blanket of snow again, just a week after a monster blizzard slammed into it. boston is the hardest hit with strong winds and blowing snow, making it very difficult to see. as you can see that driver there. in detroit a snowstorm resulted in a massive pile-up on the highway, southbound 175, i-75 was shut down for hours after about 20 to 30 cars spun out of control, drivers said it was simply impossible to see in a snowstorm. >> it was just like somebody suddenly threw a white sheet across the -- >> we could see nothing ahead of us. >> -- the wind shield. you could hear cars one after another banging. >> the winter storm warning for massachusetts ends a couple of hours from now just about 5:00. >>> over in illinois the family of jesse jackson jr. are struggling to cope with allegations the former congressman misused campai
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Feb 22, 2013 4:00pm PST
everything that you hear out of washington. today again president obama rang the alarm bells on the four spending cuts that are set to take effect seven days from now. >> i've been very clear that these kinds of arbitrary automatic cuts would have an adverse impact on families, on teachers, on parents who are reliant on head start programs, on our military readiness, on mental health services on medical search. >> you heard a bit of it there, especially from democrats you're hearing we'll have trouble fighting wildfires, airplanes, security lines will be long, all sorts of things. how much of that is true? how much of it is politics? how do we react to that? "outfront," daniel altman, economics professor at nyu, it political columnist for "newsweek" and "the daily beast." you listened to all this talk about all these dire implications, is it real or is it scare tactics? >> some of it is definitely real. if you look at the figures we're looking at maybe 70,000 kids getting kicked out of head start programs. we're looking at a $1.6 billion cut in funding for the national institutes of heal
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Feb 20, 2013 1:00am PST
days, what washington is calling the sequester. and keep in mind that plan actually originated in the obama white house but was approved by the house and the senate. in front of a sea of first responders in washington, the president today lashed out at republicans in congress saying if legislators don't come to an agreement, emergency services will take a hit. that was just one of a number of possible consequences the president listed off if the cuts are allowed to begin march 1st. he talked about fewer police and firefighters, longer airport security lines, lost jobs, criminals going free, teachers being laid off. democrats in the senate have proposed replacing the forced spending cuts with reduced defense spending and end to agriculture subsidies and more tax revenue for millionaires, but house republicans have rejected any increased taxes as a solution. here's what the president had to say today about that. >> so far at least the idea is that the republicans have proposed asks nothing of the wealthiest americans or biggest corporations, so the burden is all on first responde
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Feb 21, 2013 6:00am PST
for what's going on right now. president obama is to blame for demagoguing washington monumenting, the small 1% cuts are going to be on the most important things and republicans to blame for acting like military cuts are the huge job creator. the truth is both are hugely to blame for not handling big issues, big problems addressing this as one big deficit reduction package. not this small little force cut project. >> we've all played the blame game ourselves. i didn't want to be accused of being a hypocrite. that standoff continues on spending cuts. there are signs are common ground on marriage equality on display in this new ad from the respect for marriage coalition. >> none of wus want to be told we can't marry the person we love. growing majority of americans believe it's time to allow marriage for gay and lesbian couples. >> when couples are committed they ought to have the same rights everyone else has. >> allowing them to live together with the protection of the law it seems to me is the way we should move in this country. >> freedom means freedom for everyone. >> it featur
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Feb 20, 2013 1:00pm PST
of the story coming up later, barbara. thanks very much into here in washington, president obama is doing an end around the national press today. he's taking questions from local tv stations, blaming congress for doing nothing to avoid these forced spending cuts scheduled to take effect in just nine days. so what kind of cuts is the president willing to take? jim acosta confronted the white house press secretary today with that question. jim is joining us now. how did it go? >> reporter: wolf, here we go again. the white house and congress move one day closer to the massive forced spending cuts that go into effect at the end of next week. and even though they both agree it's a problem, they are both busy blaming each other to fix it. the white house sounding the alarm. poor children will be tossed out of classrooms, health services will be slashed, border security will be compromised and the economy will take a hit if forced budgets cuts begin to happen on march 1st and the obama administration says republicans will be to blame. >> the pleas that the republicans are making are throw these
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Feb 17, 2013 3:00pm PST
has begun on capitol hill. >>> there is a huge rally on the national mall in washington today as thousands pleaded for more action on climate control. among the demands, the protesters want president obama to e reject the keystone xl pipeline and to get the environmental protection agency to set carbon standards for power plants. more from that ahead on cnn. >>> a bigger than normal crowd packed the vatican today. it is the second to the last time the pope will address crowds from that famous window. about 100,000 people turned out to hear benedict ask for prayers for the next pope. 85-year-old pope shocked the world last week when he announced he is resigning. >>> we first told you object this last night. an idaho man accused of slapping a crying toddler across the fis while uttering racial slurs. toe, we're hearing from the little boy's parents for the first time. more now from dave bergen from care in minneapolis. >> twinkle twinkle. >> jonah is a smart and smiley 19 month old. but it's what happened on a delta flight that has his parents doing anything but smiling. >> he h
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Feb 18, 2013 1:00pm PST
in washington. >> john mccain is now using those very words, taking his criticism of the obama administration to a new level. this is all about the deadly attack on u.s. diplomats in benghazi, libya from last year. let's bring in barbara star. where is all this heading now? >> it is stepping up once again. the debate over what happened in benghazi this past week already slowed down senate confirmation for chuck hagel at the pentagon to be secretary of defense. john brennan to take over at cia and senator john mccain again and still wants answers from the administration about it all. a congressional hearing -- >> you ought to have your facts straight. >> after congressional hearing. >> who is responsible now? >> john mccain challenges the white house on his response to benghazi. now he is going further on nbc's "meet the press." >> there many, many questions and we had a massive cover up. >> you said there is a cover up? a cover up of what? >> i will be glad to send you a list of the questions that have not been answered. >> the white house said it has given answers. conducted 20 briefings for
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Feb 22, 2013 1:00am PST
to try to control health care costs in obama care, there's nothing that addresses these specific runaway costs in hospital billing fees. any support in washington to try and drive these costs down? >> you know, let me put this in perspective for you, and, jake, you know how that town washington works. this is in "time" magazine's special edition. according to the center for responsive politics, since 1998, the health care and drug industry, including doctors and hospitals, have spent $5.36 billion lobbying in washington. that is nearly double spent by the defense industry and the oil and gas industry combined. so people who make money in health care certainly have the government's ear and i might add they have our pockets. >> indeed. drew griffin, thanks. >>> a husband and dad close to dying in an avalanche. he came so close to losing everything. he'll be here to describe that terror, ahead. ight when you can't get back to sleep. it's an effective sleep medicine you don't take before bedtime. take it in bed only when you need it and have at least four hours left for sleep. do not take in
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Feb 23, 2013 10:00am PST
and ron brownstein, executive director at the "national journal" magazine in washington. good to see you. ron, republicans could push president obama to push further spending cuts by threatening to shut down the government in the run-up to upcoming deadlines. we've heard one leading republican senator, john sni isaacson, say it's a bad idea, but could we be headed down the road to a shutdown? >> i think we are probably not. there are certainly republicans who have talked about that, but the consensus of sentiment seems to be moving on a different path now. i think what republicans are looking at more now is taking the sequester cuts and then codifying them in, as you know, a continuing resolution to extend the government funding through the rest of the year, and in fact daring the democrats to shut down the government by refusing to accept those large cuts in both discretionary and defense spending. >> david, you have served four u.s. presidents, including three republicans -- nixon, ford, and ronald reagan -- as well as an 18-month stint as counselor to democratic president bill clinton
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Feb 17, 2013 8:00am PST
tuned for "reliable sources." >>> the networks were all geared up for that big washington event, the state of the union. the pundits all suited up to analyze what barack obama was going to say and then -- >> we're focusing on two people tonight. this guy, christopher dorner and the president of the united states. one is giving his state of the union address and the other is, perhaps, in that burning cabin. >> should the cable news channels spent so much time on that fatal california shootout with a cop killer? >>> as for the republican response, the moment everyone was talking about. >> some are jokingly calling it water, yes, watergate. >> seriously, why was the water so far away? it makes no sense. >> at that point, it's better to have no water. >> why was the press so upset with marco rubio's water bottle? >>> it was a battle of the titans. i head into the no-spin zone with bill o'reilly. i already won this round on points because you said, yes, i guess i should have mentioned it. the elephant in the room that kick started this debate. >> number one i said to goldburg, i shou
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Feb 18, 2013 2:00am PST
jones in washington. >> reporter: while president obama played golf with tiger woods at a private club in florida, his new chief of staff defended the white house against charges it's trying to sabotage congressional efrlts to reach a deal on immigration by drafting its own bill without consulting republicans. >> we're doing exactly what we said we would do which is we'll be prepared in the event the bipartisan talks going on the hill which were very aggressively supported, if those do not work out, then we'll have an option that will be ready to put out there. >> reporter: white house says its immigration bill is a plan b. if congress doesn't act. but a draft of the bill obtained by "usa today" drew fire from republicans who support the white house. marco rubio called it half baked, seriously flawed and dead on arrival. rubio, like john mccain, is a key gop negotiator. >> leaks don't happen in washington by accident. this raises the question that many of us continue to wonder about. does the president really want to a result or does he want another reason to beat up republicans so he
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Feb 21, 2013 5:00pm PST
to control health care costs, in obama care, nothing addresses these specific runaway costs in hospital billing fees. any support in washington to try and drive these costs down? >> you know, let me put this in perspective for you, and, jake, you know how that town washington works. this is in "time" magazine's special edition. according to the center for responsive politics, since 199, doctors and hospitals have spent 5 5.36 billion lobbying in washington. double of the defense industry and the oil and gas industry combined. so people make money in health care certainly have the government's ear and i might ad add they have our pockets. >> indeed. drew griffin, thanks. >>> a grisly discovery on a hotel rooftop in los angeles. a decomposing body found in a water tank where it might have been for as long as 2 1/2 weeks while hotel guests used that water. the latest on the investigation and we'll take you inside that hotel. next. ♪ come on, boy! [ barks ] ♪ oh, heavenly day here we go. ♪ cha-cha-cha ♪ don't you know that i love ya ♪ ♪ cha-cha-cha-cha-cha ♪ always thinking of
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Feb 17, 2013 4:00pm PST
and plenty more budget fighting on capitol hill. >>> a huge rally at the national mall in washington today as thousands pleaded for more action on climate change. among the demands, the protesters want president obama to reject the keystone xl pipeline and to get the environmental protection agency to set carbon standards for power plants. >>> a bigger than normal crowd packed vat tan city today. it's the second to the last time pope benedict xvi will address crowds of catholic faithful from that famous window overlooking st. peter's square. about 100,000 people turned out to hear benedict ask for prayers for the next pope. the 85-year-old pope shocked the world last week when he announced he's resigning at the end of the month. >>> danica patrick became the first woman to win the pole position for the daytona 500. she will share the front row next sunday with jeff gordon. this will be patrick's first full season in nascar sprint cup series. >>> a few minutes ago i talked with danica patrick right here on cnn. it was not long after her ground-breaking achievement. she joined me from dayton
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Feb 19, 2013 4:00pm PST
just ten days away from washington's latest deadline for forced spending cuts, otherwise known by the distinctly unsexy and misused word, sequester. today, president obama said again something must be done. >> so these cuts are not smart. they are not fair. they will hurt our economy. they will add hundreds of thousands of americans to the unemployment rolls. this is not an abstraction. people will lose their jobs. >> so there are two solutions. number one, lawmakers find another way to punt, ie, delay the cuts for another few months or two, actually come up with a major plan to slash the debt. number two is not going to happen. the punt, i kind of like. anyway, that won't happen. number one has a decent chance. number one has failed, too. after all, the feared forced cuts are only 2.5% of projected total federal spending. we have an economics professor at nyu and former director of the congressional budget office. at this point, are the cuts inevitable? why is the president still talking about it? >> well, we're ten days away and it seems like the republicans really don't want
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Feb 17, 2013 1:00pm PST
house, jr. now, yes, she has something else to talk about. >>> in washington, thousands of people are marching. their demands? they want more action on climate change. among their calls is for president obama to kill the big keystone xl pipeline. we have a reporter been in the crowds all afternoon. we will take you there in a few moments. >>> massachusetts soaked again with a thick blanket of snow a week after that devastating blizzard slammed into t boston's the hardest hit with strong winds and gusting snow, making it very hard to see. >>> in detroit, a massive pileup on the highway due to snow, southbound i-75 was shutdown for hours after about 20 to 30 cars spun out of control, crash nothing one another. drivers said it was impossible to see in the snowstorm. >> it was just like somebody suddenly threw a white sheet across the windshield. and we couldn't see anything. >> more cars, you could hear them smashing near be. >> one after another, banging. >> the winter storm warning for massachusetts ends less than an hour from now about 5:00. tom seder joins me from the weather cen
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Feb 17, 2013 2:00pm PST
folks fiscal cliff, if congressional republican and president obama don't reach a new budget deal. automatic spending cuts will impact every american come march 1st. let's get right to it. democratic strategist julian epstein is in washington. cnn contributor wry happen salon is in new york. the president proposed raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 an hour, something that would directly affect 4 million workers. those in favor say good economic stimulus. those against say bad, bad, bad for business. what do you think? . the reason we are setting a federal minimum there was the taxes to improve you incomes for households. the minimum wage benefits a slew of households, not very well targeted toward low-income households. the problem is that republican reasons tend to oppose the making work pay tax credit and the social security payroll tax cut. that left him a less efficient effective tool for raising incomes for low-income households. >> julian, let me ask you, one thing represent ihan brought up, to be cynical, the president, there's no longer a payroll tax break. so, if p
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Feb 17, 2013 10:00pm PST
, it has been one of the coldest days of the year here in washington, but it did not stop tens of thousands of people from jamming the national mall, and then marching from here right past the white house. even though president obama is away in florida, the message that they wanted to send the him is clear. they want two things. they want the environmental protection agency to establish stricter emission standards on the existing power plants and not just future plants that will be built down the line. they also want president obama to kill the extension of the keystone pipeline. that is the oil pipeline that is coming from canada and would cut through the united states and bring all of the way to the gulf coast. a lot of folks here are younger voters or younger people who say, even though the u.s. right now may be as focussed on the debt ceiling and other issues, it is time to look further down the line. >> i am only 16, and some day i hope to have my own kids, and i think that this is -- i want them to live in a world that's, you know, like environmentally safe and natural. >> keystone xl
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Feb 22, 2013 1:00pm PST
that there's nothing to cut in washington is crazy. do you know what president obama counted as one of his budget cuts in 2011? in 2010 we did the u.s. sencens. the fact that we didn't do it again in 2011 as a $6 billion budget cut. all the president's budget cuts are wars we're not going to fight so we're not going to have to pay for them. there's a lot of elusiory smoke and mirrors in the president's cuts. these are real cuts but right now -- >> these are real cuts that will inflict wounds on ordinary american and especially the middle class. >> hold on. >> donna, it's the most painful way to teach us a lesson. >> because alex, all you're talking about is cuts. the president said put it all on the table and the republicans are saying we cannot take about raising revenues. we have a revenue as well as a spending problem and until we address both of them we are not going to find our way out of this. >> a congressional delegation has come back from cuba. donna, i know you've been to cuba. alex, you're a cuban-american. senator leahy met with raul castro. he just got back. >> i think everybo
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Feb 23, 2013 8:00am PST
back home. tom foreman, cnn, washington. >>> so we've all seen first lady michelle obama dance with the president. but i bet you never have seen her hit the dance floor like this before. that's next. ♪ good morning, turtle. ♪ my friends are all around me ♪ my friends, they do surround me ♪ ♪ i hope this never ends ♪ and we'll be the best of friends ♪ [ male announcer ] introducing the reimagined 2013 chevrolet traverse. all set? all set. with spacious seating for up to eight. imagine that. chevrolet. find new roads. there's nothing like our grilled lobster and lobster tacos. the bar harbor bake is really worth trying. [ male announcer ] get more during red lobster's lobsterfest. with the year's largest selection of mouth-watering lobster entrees. like our delicious lobster lover's dream, featuring two kinds of succulent lobster tails. or our savory, new grilled maine lobster and lobster tacos. it's back, but not for long. [ woman ] our guests go crazy for lobsterfest. my favorite entree is the lobster lover's dream. what's yours? come celebrate lobsterfest and sea
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Feb 18, 2013 9:00am PST
in washington. hadiya was killed a week later on a playground about a mile north of president obama's home. hadiya's parents, cleo cowley pendleton and nathaniel pendleton are joining us here. first of all, our condolences to you and your family. we see your strength over the last couple of weeks. we saw ayou as guests of the president, in part of the state of the union address. and we see you with the visit with the president himself in chicago. you hear about this death of miss macfarlane, how do you make sense of this, what do you do? how did you react? >> i was deeply saddened. we've been out and talking about the various news media about how awful this feels. definitely, my heart went out to the family. i actually gave her money a call yesterday morning. >> you can tell me about that call, what you were able to say to her, what you were able to convey at this time? >> no, it was really just extending my condolences and letting her now, you know, whatever -- however she needs to deal with for pain of losing her child, she should do it without any regard for anyone else. you know, it's
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Feb 20, 2013 9:00am PST
heard, senator patrick leahy said, this is now in the hands of president obama. how he would take this group's recommendations once they return to washington. >> patrick, briefly, tell us about this. what some call the alan gross situation. it's been behind the scenes at least a little bit of a thawing in relations between the u.s. and cuba. how damaging is this? >> it's incredibly damaging because on one side, cuba is saying there are five cuban intelligence agents they would like to see returned. they would consider to be heroes, and the u.s. would consider them to be spies tried by prosecutors in miami. when you hear patrick leahy saying alan gross isn't a spy, what he's really saying is what the state department said all along. there won't be a swap. these are two different situations. the cubans obviously feel very, very differently. they've been pressuring the u.s. ever since last year to sit and talk and potentially discuss a swap between what they call their prisoners and the one that's still here in havana. i should add that patrick leahy and another congressman were able
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Feb 22, 2013 9:00am PST
to each other. >> lincoln has really been using washington, d.c., they had a special screening for barack obama at the white house. they came back and had a big screening for the u.s. senate, that was sort of unprecedented. >> reporter: and his pick for best picture is going to benefit from its historical setting and it political momentum among oscar voters. >> you have to go with argo. i can't think of a woman that's won golden globe, critic's choice, zag oig,s.a.g., behalaf on to lose best picture. it's a toss up for best director, but i can see it going to ann lee. >> reporter: con kif they split vote there, could be a surprise from the star of the french film am amore. >> could sneak in for a win. >> reporter: although best actor category seem like a lock. >> daniel day-lewis has been winning everything. plus he's playing abraham lincoln. >> reporter: so we will see who gets to become part of oscar's history on sunday night. a.j. hammer, cnn, hollywood. >> so you and i both saw argo. really liked it. >> zero dark 30 i saw, as well. having spent time in afghanistan and seeing what took
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Feb 23, 2013 7:00am PST
's safe after that. thank you. >>> let's go to washington now. they are watching the calendar. just six days now away from those forced spending cuts. $85 billion in cuts this year. and president obama has been pushing house republicans to come up with a plan. meanwhile, we're getting warnings about what to expect if those cuts take place. >> flights to major cities like new york, chicago, and san francisco and others could experience delays of up to 90 minutes during peak hours because we have fewer controllers on staff. delays in these major airports will ripple across the country. >> we talked about new york, chicago, and san francisco, but it's not just the big airports that will have to scale back. smaller airports across the country could be forced to close. the transportation department could close control towers at as men as 100 small airports. >>> now to the latest on lance armstrong. you know, the department of justice is set to now join a lawsuit against the disgraced cycling star. armstrong admitted to using performance enhancing drugs when he won those seven tour de france
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Feb 23, 2013 11:00am PST
are equal to each other. >> "lincoln" has really been using washington, d.c. they had a special screening for barack obama, and at the white house. they came back and they had a big screening for the u.s. senate. that was sort of unprecedented. >> and hammond says his pick for best picture is going to benefit from its historical setting, and its political momentum among oscar voters. >> you have to go with "argo." i can't think of a movie that's won the golden globe, critics choice, s.a.g. and bafta and gone on to lose for best picture. >> with it not being nominated for best director, that category is wide open. >> you know, it's a toss-up, i think, really between steven spielburg for "lincoln." >> stepped on a world stage now. >> but i can really see it going to "life of pi." >> the consensus is the best actress category comes down to jennifer lawrence and jessica chastain. but if they split the vote, there could be a surprise in this category from the star of the french film "amore." >> emmanuel reeva could sneak in for a win. >> although the best actor category seems like a lock. >> d
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Feb 21, 2013 4:00pm PST
, hurting the poor because washington has no courage. again today, all we heard was blame when it comes to the forced spending cuts to take effect in eight days. president obama made some talk radio appearances. >> whether or not we can move republicans at this point to do the right thing is what we're still trying to gauge. >> now, he's called the cuts severe and brutal. house speaker john boehner, guess what, completely agrees with that. he's called them deep and dangerous, but they're not doing anything about it. here's the thing about the cuts. they're going to hurt some people that nobody wants to hurt. people already in pain, more than 4 million homebound and disabled seniors may have to go without dinner this year because of cuts to meals on wheels programs in the forced cuts. 70,000 children from lower income families will not be able to enroll in preschools and day care centers because of the forced spending cuts. the owners of about 10,000 homes and small businesses destroyed by hurricane sandy won't get the money needed for repair and recovery. now, there are all kinds of thi
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Feb 17, 2013 5:00am PST
marco rubio. no saturday saturday going on at the white house. president obama laying out this ambitious address at this week's state of the union, but does he have enough support among democrats to get anything past republicans? candy crowley joins us now from washington. gun control, immigration. i mean, candy, how does the president plan to navigate these obstacles in congress? >> hoping the senate democrats will navigate it for him. here's his problem politically, and there are six senate democrats up for re-election in 2014 who are in states that voted for mitt romney, so we would call them vulnerable. so if you bring up gun control, particularly in some of these interior west states and southern states and it includes an assault weapons ban, you cannot necessarily count on those senate democrat. it's not just about republicans. it's also about the senate democrats, so this is going to have a lot to do i think with harry reid and with those in the senate who can figure out the art of the doable which is really what politics is about. what can we get that will at once move the presid
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Feb 19, 2013 1:00pm PST
that washington, d.c. has a spending problem. and president obama, today he's calling for raising taxes. before we talk about raising taxes on hard-working americans, we need to address the wasteful spending that we continue to see within the federal government. this year alone, we spent $2.2 billion on free cell phones in 2013. and the list goes on and on. and yet the democrats are not recognizing we have a spending problem or the impact of out of control spending on our economy. >> i know republicans and i saw a statement from speaker boehner today, saying that raising taxes is not on the table. the revenue question has -- the revenue debate has been closed. so can you say with 100% certainty that republicans will not go along with any tax increases, even on the wealthiest americans, even on big corporations? >> we need to address the spending side of this equation. that's where the republicans believe that we can find the common ground. the sequester, these across the board cuts, drastic cuts, disproportionately impacting the military and our defense, they were president obama's idea and they c
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Feb 20, 2013 6:00am PST
security and medicare, the third rails of washington's attempts to tame the deficit. touch them and you get burned! former senator alan simpson one half of the dynamic debt duo simpson bowls, he says if president obama doesn't deal with entitlements his legacy is on the line. >> he knows what to do and if he doesn't get a handle on the entitlements and the solvency of social security, he will have a failed presidency. >> so quit asking for tax increases and do something about entitlements. question, is there an appetite though for cuts to social security and medicare? john? >> it's not even a question of appetite, carol. it's a question of need. the reality is that to keep these programs solvent, keep them strong there needs to be reform and you can do it without painful cuts but adjusting the cost curve. both parties involved in the poll tingz of mediscare to demagogue the issue and president obama needs to lead more effectively if he's going to leave the country in better shape than he found it with regard to long-term deficit and debt. >> rob? >> yes, i think the only thing this presiden
CNN
Feb 20, 2013 4:00pm PST
not something that is so popular in washington. we're nine days away now from the forced spending cuts that are going to take effect, and while we may be short on time, we are not short on blame. president obama for one was busy today with no less than eight local television interviews. the president, according to the white house, telling his side of the story directly to the american people, blaming republicans in this interview with wcvb boston. >> the way this arose was back in 2011, the republicans were threatening to default on the full faith and credit of the united states. and we had to avoid that. the hope was that they would use this year and a half to come up with a sensible deficit reduction package. now, we've reduced $2.5 trillion on our deficit. we've got about $1.5 trillion more to go. there's a better way to do it than this, but the key is for them to go ahead and put forward the balanced, responsible approach that will avoid these cuts. >> he wants them to put forth the approach. john boehner, meanwhile with, is the them, sort of. he made his case directly to the peopl
CNN
Feb 23, 2013 5:00am PST
threatens to hold up its nomination for john brennan unless they got more info. gop has criticized the obama administration for a lack of transparency. white house officials say they've already turned over more than 10,000 pages of documents. >>> staying in washington, where white house and congress are playing right now a high stakes game of chicken. they're fighting over these forced spending cuts set to go into effect march 1st, a few days away. but, really, the question is, do they effect you? what's the trickle down if there's no deal? cnn's chief business correspondent ali velshi takes a look. >> reporter: forced government spending cuts take effect march 1st. it's what washington has been calling the sequester. it's a stupid name for a stupid thing. >> these kus are not smart. they are not fair. they will hurt our economy, add hundreds of thousands of americans to the unemployment line. this is not an abstraction. people will lose their jobs. >> $85 billion this year, $1.2 trillion over ten years. that's 13% cuts to defense, 9% to everything else. >> we're weeki ins away from th presi
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